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Patchwwwork 2024 Call

Your art at Arts Festival Watou?

Arts Festival Watou launched an open call on 10 March 2023.

Koen Vanmechelen invites you, as part of Patchwwwork, to spend a few days in Watou during the summer of 2023.

The open call is addressed to:

  • Professional artists or final-year undergraduate/master’s art students
  • Artists of all disciplines
  • Individuals or collectives
  • From any nationality

The artists selected from this open call will be invited to Patchwwwork.

During this three-day encampment, participants will explore how Watou as a village and as a community can connect with the artists and vice versa.

After the stay, the artists will be asked to submit a project proposal.

From these, a jury chaired by Koen Vanmechelen, will make a selection for Arts Festival Watou 2024.

Submit your candidature!

The open call will be launched on 10 March and will end on 20 April 2023.

An international jury will select participants based on motivation, CV and portfolio.

Applications can be made via the application form on the website.

For more info, click here.

Ton œuvre d’art au Festival des Arts de Watou 2024 ?

Le festival des arts de Watou lance un appel ouvert le 10 mars.

Dans le cadre de Patchwwwork, l’inspirateur Koen Vanmechelen vous invite à passer quelques jours à Watou pendant l’été 2023.

Les artistes intéressés peuvent poser leur candidature pour participer à ce projet.

L’appel à candidatures s’adresse à :

Artistes professionnels ou étudiants en dernière année de licence/master en art.
Artistes de toutes disciplines
Individuels ou en collectif
Du pays ou de l’étranger

Les artistes sélectionnés dans le cadre de cet appel ouvert seront invités à Patchwwwork.

Au cours de ce campement de trois jours, les participants exploreront la manière dont Watou, en tant que village et communauté, peut se connecter aux artistes et vice versa.

Après le séjour, les artistes seront invités à soumettre une proposition de projet.

Un jury présidé par Koen Vanmechelen fera une sélection pour le Kunstenfestival Watou 2024.

Postulez !

L’appel ouvert sera lancé le 10 mars et se terminera le 20 avril 2023.

Un jury international sélectionnera les participants sur la base de leur motivation, de leur CV et de leur portfolio.

Tu peux postuler via le formulaire de candidature sur le site web.

Clique ici pour toutes les infos (en anglais).

Alchimia Nova by AnneMarie MAES at Kunsthalle Mulhouse

Alchimia Nova is a living, evolving exhibition composed of new experiments and existing works by AnneMarie MAES, all inspired by the rhythm, energy, beauty and inventiveness of nature.

From 16/2/2023 to 30/3/2023, the Kunsthalle Mulhouse will host Alchimia Nova, an exhibition by Belgian artist Anne Marie Maes. For more than 15 years, the artist has been taking a non-anthropocentric look at the world, focusing her research on the symbiotic relationship between all living micro-organisms, including plants, bacteria and fungi. For her project in Mulhouse, Maes continues her investigations during a research residency on micro-organisms as a medium of creation, and she is particularly interested in what the Alsatian soils have to offer her for the creation of new works in collaboration with a team of microbiologists from the CNRS – University of Strasbourg. After several harvests, Maes elaborates a palette of colors characteristic of the region using pigments obtained from the extraction or decoction of wild plants, mushrooms and bacteria from the soil.

Poems from a Rooftop Garden’ , installation at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (tapestry 170cm x 225cm; photo 80cm x 80cm)

At the heart of the exhibition will be the Lab for Form & Matter, a work in the form of a combined laboratory and artist’s workshop and the center of the artist’s interactions with scientists and the public. This research space will be set in motion by the artist at key moments when she will invite the public to participate in her project.

The exhibition is curated by Sandrine Wymann and supported by N.A! fund, the Flemish Ministry of Culture and Centre Wallonie Bruxelles/Paris – hors les murs.

From 17.02.2023 to 30.04.2023 at La Kunsthalle, 
16 Rue de la Fonderie, 68100 Mulhouse


Benoît Géhanne et Emmanuelle Leblanc – à côté

Ce vendredi ouverture de ‘à côté’, une exposition de Benoît Géhanne en duo avec Emmanuelle Leblanc

Exposition le 17, 18 et 19.02.23 de 14h à 19h.

Table ouverte vendredi 17.02 à partir de 20h – Mets et vins bienvenues

Contre-événement dimanche 19.02 à 18h: 39 fois 39 veces – versions commémorative

par Charlotte El Moussaed

Marc Hamandjian at Medium Argent, Rouen

Marc Hamandjian is invited for expo #27 at Médium Argent in Rouen.

Cosmosofa is a hybrid object between a living room and a vehicle reminiscent of the LRV (lunar roving vehicle) that drove on the moon. It is therefore a living room exploration vehicle.

The exhibition opens Friday 20 January at 6pm and can further be visited from Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January from 2.30 – 6pm. More info here.

Médium Argent

18 rue Louis Ricard, 76000 Rouen, France

Marc Hamandjian est invité pour l’expo #27 au Médium Argent à Rouen.

Cosmosofa et un objet hybride entre un salon et un véhicule rappelant le LRV ” lunar roving véhicule ” qui a roulé sur la lune. C’est donc un véhicule d’exploration de salon.

L’exposition sera inaugurée le vendredi 20 janvier à 18h et pourra être visitée du samedi 21 janvier au dimanche 22 janvier de 14h30 à 18h. Plus d’infos ici.

Médium Argent

18 rue Louis Ricard, 76000 Rouen, France

Watou23 – /kom.po’zi.ci.o:/ – Press release

During a press conference in the Home of the Poet at Watou the participating artists and poets of this year’s Festival were officially announced.

The artists are:

Beatrijs Albers en Reggy Timmermans (BE) – Niels Albers (NL) – Funda Zeynep Ayguler (DE) – Iwert Bernakiewicz (BE) – Sven Boel (BE) – Cloé Decroix (FR) – Alexandra Dementieva (BE) – Niel De Vries (NL) – Griet Dobbels (BE) – Philippe Druez (BE) – Juls Gabs (UK) – Benoît Géhanne (FR) – Marilyne Grimmer (FR) – Marc Hamandjian (FR) – Nathalie Hunter (BE) – Maarten Inghels (BE) –  Pierre Mertens (BE) – Charlotte Eta Mumm (DE) – Öznur Özturk (BE) – Alain Platel en Berlinde De Bruyckere (BE) –  Jiajia Qi (NL) –  Henk Schut (NL) –  Robert Ssempijja (UG) –  Joris Vermassen (BE) –  Koen Vanmechelen (BE) – Louisiana Van Onna (NL) – Wouter Vanderstede en Peter Simon (BE) – Various Artists & Tijdelijk Informatie Centrum, afdeling Watou (BE) – Esther Venrooij (NL) –  ZONDERWERK (BE)

The poets are:

Alara Adilow (NL) – Anna Broeksma (NL) – Joost Decorte (BE) – Lotte Dodion (BE) – Radna Fabias (NL) – Marie Ginet (FR) – Max Greyson (BE) –  Luuk Gruwez (BE) – Ilya Kaminsky (US/UKR) – Mustafa Kör (BE) – Caroline Lamarche (BE) – Marije Langelaar (NL) – Delphine Lecompte (BE) – Lisette Lombé (BE) – Gerry Loose (UK) – Nisrine Mbarki (NL) – Tijl Nuyts (BE) – Johanna Pas (BE) – Alsane Thengrim (SE/FR)Siel Verhanneman (BE)  

LASER TALK – Immersive listening with Roel Heremans and Esther Venrooij

An evening around attentive listening through the work of two artist-researchers that create immersive sound installations, sound landscapes, or films in which listening triggers the imagination and creates a special relationship with the audience.

“As humans we are always looking for meaning in what we experience and we are always projecting ourselves onto our surroundings, even when we see, hear or experience nothing.”

On the Process of Becoming Silent and Listening, essay film by Esther Venrooij

Roel Heremans is a transdisciplinary artist working with sound, composed introspection and neurofeedback. In most of his works he composes fragments of audio that trigger the imagination of visitors in order to create immersive group experiences.As a result the visitors simultaneously become actors, witnesses, performers and reenactors of mental and physical processes of thought and movement, where collective performances encounter individual reactions and vice versa.

Esther Venrooij considers her dual roles as artist and composer as occupying two different sensorial planes. She creates work in a variety of media, such as composed music, improvised combinations of electronica, video and site-specific installations. With a sharp focus, both in her studies and creative impulses on audio topography, she explores the way sound and movements inhabits space. Having collaborated live and in the studio with a variety of visual, sound and dance artists, Venrooij’s biography reads like a mixed media map of projects. She has performed and presented her works extensively for audiences in Europe, Asia and United States. In November 2015, she completed her PhD studies in Art at KULeuven with an exhibition of a series of sound installations and a dissertation: ‘Audio Topography: The Interaction of Sound, Space and Medium’. In 2018, she was granted a ZAP-mandate at KULeuven, in the field “Spatial Experiences: Spatial Experiences: Visual, Auditory, Sensorimotor, Tactile and Conceptual” and is she supervising doctoral research projects.

Talk with a projection of the artists’ work. Find de recording of the talk here.

Tuesday 20 December 2022 at 7pm


Quai Des Charbonnages 30 – 34
Koolmijnenkaai 30 -34
Tel.: +32 2 410 30 93

Leonardo fosters transformation at the nexus of art, science and technology, because complex problems require creative solutions. We serve to empower an inclusive global network, a borderless community where all belong in pursuit of a more vibrant, just and regenerative world. A fearless pioneer since 1968, Leonardo serves as THE community forging a transdisciplinary network to convene, research, collaborate and disseminate best practices at the nexus of arts, science and technology worldwide.

About LASER Talks
Leonardo/ISAST LASER Talks
are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of LASER is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building. The LASER Talks Brussels are moderated and curated by Alexandra Dementieva and Edith Doove.

About Adem Adem asbl/vzw is Nonprofit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. It develops and produces artistic creations and participates in the realization and artistic production of projects, covering all aspects of artistic creations, all disciplines and in particular multimedia, science, communication, journalism, it organizes events -talks, performances, exhibitions.

Founded in 2007, CYLAND is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the intersection of Art :: Tech through an annual international festival, visual exhibitions, sound art, video art, and educational programming. CYLAND brings together artists, curators, technologists, educators, and thinkers to create innovative projects around the world.

About iMAL
iMAL is a space for artistic practices around the creative and critical use of new technologies. iMAL connects a community of artists, thinkers, makers and citizens from Belgium and abroad and offers a completely renewed infrastructure to support a program focusing on research, production and presentation.

For press enquiries please contact Christiana Kazakou
Program Engagement Specialist, LEONARDO/ISAST

Image references Roel Heremans:

  • Portrait of Roel Heremans – photo by Rachel Gruijters
  • The NeuroRight Arcades on Ars Electronica Festival – photo by Roel Heremans
  • Quartet A at De Brakke Grond Amsterdam- photo by Nick Chesnaye

Image references Esther Venrooij :

  • The drawings on the table > “Worktable Esther Venrooij”, 2022.
  • Selfportrait in Rabat Morocco, 2022.
  • Microphone drawing > From a series of drawings for the exhibition “On Resonance” curated by Eric Thielemans
  • Double screening > Installation view “On the Process of Becoming Silent and Listening” (2021)

ART PLATFORM-ON 2022 in Gwangju, South Korea

This year’s exhibition takes place under the theme of Art & Environment = CROSSING. A multinational network of artistic practice and discussion on art and environment. 50 artists from 5 countries – Belgium, France, Israel, Korea and Mongolia – take part in exhibitions to present their work discourse in four of Gwangju’s cultural and artistic sites.

Alexandra Dementieva is the curator for the Belgian section. She states:

We live in troubled times. While the 21st century opened the era of high-tech inventions, increasingly implemented in our daily lives making it comfortable and pleasant, the consequences of this development are climate change, the destruction of forest systems, water pollution, extermination of other living species and social changes. Society is increasingly divided between the extremely rich and very poor.

Our era is called Anthropocene coining the moment when human beings became the main driver of changes in the environment. If anthropocentrism were concerned with the good of both present and future generations, it wouldn’t have condoned the global spread of the frivolous excessive exploitation of limited resources which are turned into merchandise.

Art Platform On ‘Art & Environment = Crossing’ creates an opportunity to open up debates on the international level on these pressing topics, to bring into discussions hidden or carefully avoided issues by cutting-edge industries and the leading world elite.

It is a big mistake to think that this murderous tendency can not be resisted. Every person with a small contribution can undermine it, but that means everyone has to be aware of it and realize the power of their contribution to the process. Art and education must henceforth be favoured as the main factors of this movement.

Artists, with their ability to create visual representations can awaken and inspire the worldwide community to get involved in a process of improving life by thinking how to save the earth’s ecology, stop the war for natural resources and show alternative ways of developing our civilization on Earth.

It is certainly not an easy task and we have to create and maintain cooperation among all of us, overcoming all borders, to spread constructive and positive thoughts all over the world.

Belgian artists:

Beatrijs Albers & Reggy Timmermans

Yvonne De Grazia

Alexandra Dementieva

Various Artists

Koen Wastyn

Chonnam National University Museum, Miro Centre, Lee Lee Nam Studio, Thinking Box Gallery

8 – 16 November 2022

Featured images by Alexandra Dementieva

Alexandra Dementieva and Anne Marie Maes at CYFEST-14: Ferment in Yerevan

True to its nomadic character, CYFEST-14, after its first visit to Dartington last September, will be presented for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia from 10 to 25 October. Alexandra Dementieva and AnneMarie Maes figure amongst the 30 artists from 7 countries that work around the festival’s theme Ferment.

As Anna Frants, founder of CYLAND MediaArtLab, artist, and one of the curators of the festival states on this year’s theme

“Fermentation in the conventional sense is a technological process in the food industry. However, if we give it some thought, practically everything that happens over time to animate, inanimate and even strictly material objects, falls under this definition. Wine undergoes a long process of change of state from ripe grapes to beverages of various degree of sweetness and strength. Human relationships also ‘ferment’ over the years, acquiring various degrees of intensity and transforming from young and raw to mellowed and mature.”

AnneMarie Maes, Sensorial Skin, details during installation, 2022

Alexandra Dementieva, Sleeper, Interactive sound installation; tapestry, AR, 2015–2017

The central venue of the festival in Yerevan is the HayArt Cultural Center — a multifunctional space that features the entire spectrum of contemporary culture – from visual, performance and digital art and photography to architecture, experimental film, electronic and classical music.

​The partner of the “Digital Fermentation” video program will be the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art NPAK

Mariateresa Sartori
The Pathetics, video, 2018–2022

The artists include AnneMarie Maes, artist, biotechnologist, author of a series of techno-organic objects on the basis of bacteria, algae and plants, Marin Kasimir, multidisciplinary artist and researcher into photographic vision, Mariateresa Sartori, an artist who combines neurobiology, music and sound in her works, the Where Dogs Run group, pioneers of science art, William Latham, artist, professor of computer art and game development at Goldsmith College, and Luca Forcucci, artist, composer and researcher into the relationships between sound, consciousness, perception, memory and the body.

Curators: Anna Frants, Elena Gubanova, Victoria Ilyushkina, Sergei Komarov, Natalia Kolodzei. 

CYFEST is organized by the CYLAND Media Art Lab and One Market Data Yerevan.

HayArt Cultural Center

7a Mashtots Ave. Yerevan, Armenia

10-25 October 2022

Mon–Sun: 11:00 – 19:00

Find more info in English and Armenian here.

— Featured image: Marin Kasimir, Edition, 2019

Alexandra Dementieva at CYFEST-14: Ferment

FERMENT is an arts and ecology festival which explores fermentation in its broadest sense — of both fermenting food and also ideas — and offers an exciting range of activities with food and art as mediums for creative engagement.

Organized by artist, curator and founder of CYLAND MediaArtLab Anna Frants and exhibition coordinator at CYLAND Lydia Griaznova, Ferment is de second iteration of CYFEST-14 which took place in Dartington Estate, UK for the first time last year.

Fermentation as a natural process might be an entry point in seeking new approaches to perceive the world and to devise alternative attitudes of how to live here differently. To be able to respect life as it is and share the world with others seems to be an essential feature and an ongoing training process in an ever-changing world. Sometimes a radical step will not be another leap in progress made in a blink of the eye, but will take place extremely slowly, with a long-standing accumulation of energy. Where there was once a sharply-focused vision with a well-planned horizon of the future, there will be a wide-angle observation of ways to exist “other than me” — planetary, existentially, organically.

We are inevitably part of the world of many forms and ways of lives, despite how individual and separated our own life might feel sometimes. How could we be conscious and responsible actors in this process? Art might not provide straightforward and exact answers, but it may offer some clues about the directions where these answers could be located.

Alexandra Dementieva, Sleeper, Interactive sound installation; Tapestry, AR, 2015–2017

Alexandra Dementieva will present Sleeper (2015–2017), an interactive sound installation with tapestry and AR. A series of tapestries forms an installation that presents a sequence of film frames from the movie “Sleeper” by Woody Allen. The movie has been glitched and accidentally “edited” by the artist’s crashed computer, becoming completely transformed and practically unrecognizable. The order of narrative development has been rigorously preserved: the still images are arranged in the same sequence as they appear in the film. The tapestries convey the movie’s plot, but in their own way, where some parts have been lost and others have remained. The size of each tapestry is 58×77 cm, which corresponds to the television and film format (4×3) of the 20th century. The artist uses an old visual technique: the art of weaving. Even if contemporary digital media were destroyed, this technique would be preserved.   

By pointing a tablet with an AR application at a tapestry, visitors can watch a video which gives an explanation for each tapestry. The video is made from the perspective of human descendants / space travelers, who have found the tapestries 2000 years later. Their conclusion is that the tapestry is a way to archive film and video from the 20th-21st centuries. The film they find is Sleeper, a science fiction movie about a dystopian world.

Other artists presented in Ferment are Alexander Bochkov, Anna Frants, Alexey Grachev, Elena Gubanova & Ivan Govorkov, Pavel Ignatev, Ivan Karpov, Katran, Sergey Komarov, Antti Kukkonen and Alena Tereshko.

Ferment starts this Friday 23 September and runs until 1 October at

Dartington Esate
Totnes, Devon,


More info, full program and images can be found here.

Benoît Géhanne – publication and exhibition at CNES

This Thursday 15 September the publication Le Centre spatiale de Toulouse is launched while during the Nuit Blanche of 1 Saturday October Benoît Géhanne exhibits together with Éric Pessan.

Le Centre spatiale de Toulouse retraces a cultural journey through the archives of CNES on the occasion of GRACE 3 (Groupe de Recherches Artistiques et Culturelles sur l’Espace – Artistic and cultural research group on space) with Éric Pessan and Isabelle Sourbès-Verger. They specifically examined the archives of a social movement at CNES (the French National Centre for Space Studies) against the backdrop of the transfer of engineers and technicians from Ile-de-France to Toulouse.

During the Nuit blanche of 1 octobre Géhanne and Pessan show their research results in a one day and night exhibition at CNES.

Reserve your place for the book presentation on Thursday 15 September at CNES or a private visit of the exhibition on Saturday 1 October at

ode.inscription@gmail.com or +33 06 75 75 48 25